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7 Pie Bar Recipes for When You Can’t Choose Between Pie and Cookies

From classic pecan to chocolate-espresso, these buttery pie bars are easy to make and perfect for sharing.

<p>Julia Hartbeck</p>

Julia Hartbeck

We love all kinds of pie, from warm-spiced holiday favorites like apple and pumpkin to gorgeous summer pies that make the most of the season's bounty. While we enjoy making pie crust from scratch, these pie bars all call for easy press-in crusts, no rolling required. We also appreciate that they're portable and easy to share, just like our favorite cookies. Try one of the recipes in this collection to win over pie and cookie fans alike.

Lemon Bars

<p>Kelsey Hansen / Food Styling by Annie Probst / Prop Styling by Gabe Greco</p>

Kelsey Hansen / Food Styling by Annie Probst / Prop Styling by Gabe Greco

A buttery and slightly salty shortbread crust is topped with a sweet-tart lemony custard for these classic and elegant bars. They're a guaranteed crowd-pleaser at any gathering.

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Pecan Pie Bars

<p>Julia Hartbeck</p>

Julia Hartbeck

These decadent bars have all the virtues of a classic nutty, gooey pecan pie. But they're made with an effortless press-in crust that comes together in a stand mixer.

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Pumpkin Pie Bars

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© Con Poulos

These sweet and silky pumpkin pie bars will satisfy fans of the classic with their warmth and spice. They're easy to assemble thanks to a buttery press-in crust.

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Apple Pie Bars

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© Quentin Bacon

These portable apple pies from bakers Mary Odson and Lisa Ritter feature a crisp and buttery shortbread crust, a spiced apple filling, and a nutty, streusel-like topping made with walnuts and quick-cooking oats.

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Chocolate Espresso Pie Bars

David Cicconi
David Cicconi

These decadent bars from baker Cheryl Day top a flaky brown sugar butter crust with a rich, espresso-spiked dark chocolate filling. They're over-the-top in the best way.

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Lemon-Cranberry Pie Bars

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© Con Poulos

For these custardy sweet-tart bars, tangy lemon curd is swirled with a vibrant cranberry puree. The simple and buttery press-in crust makes for a beautiful contrast of flavors and textures.

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Tomato Pie Bars

Photo by Linda Xiao / Food Styling by Kate Buckens / Prop Styling by Maeve Sheridan
Photo by Linda Xiao / Food Styling by Kate Buckens / Prop Styling by Maeve Sheridan

An easy crust of saltine crackers and Parmesan cheese forms the base of this riff on classic tomato pie. It's filled with a rich, cheesy mixture and topped with juicy slices of tomato before baking.

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